John W. McGuire

John W. McGuire passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:05 a.m. in the VA Medical Center – Marion, Illinois.

He born on June 19, 1925 in Eldorado, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Percy Lester McGuire; wife Vera Odell; two sons Tommy and Danny McGuire; and brother, James McGuire.

John left West Frankfort, Illinois at the age of 12 and moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi and there he excelled in baseball and football in high school. At age 17, he joined the Navy and served from 1942 until 1946 up to the age of 21. He worked at the city of Clarksdale newspaper as a linotype operator and Sports and Outdoor reporter. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. John returned to West Frankfort, Illinois in 1979 and lived there until his death. He retired as a security officer at Olin Co.

He is survived by one son Ronnie McGuire of West Frankfort; two daughters: Missy McGuire of West Frankfort, Illinois and Deborah McGuire of Murfreesboro, TN; and one sister Carrie Fermo of West Frankfort, Illinois.

His wishes were to be cremated and with no services. He will be buried with his wife and son Danny in National Cemetery in Mounds City, Illinois.

Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences of sympathy may be made at

Funeral Home

Union Funeral Home
213 East Oak Street West Frankfort, IL 62896
(618) 932-3333

Published in Daily American News from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, 2014